14 Concerts to Check Out this August

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Concerts come in all shapes and sizes this August in St. Louis with huge concerts by country superstars, pop divas and hip-hop artists as well as slightly smaller concerts featuring hard rockers, folk-rock musicians and alt-rock bands.

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Tori Amos
Aug. 1, Peabody Opera House
Songwriter and musician Tori Amos continues to be admired for her soulful, honest and confessional style of music. With over 12 million albums sold and numerous award under her belt, she has only grown in popularity since her first album, “Little Earthquakes,” debuted in 1992. Amos is also known for her constant activism, particularly for victims of sexual assault. Expect to hear older tunes as well as music from her 2014 album, “Unrepentant Geraldines.”

Keith Urban
Aug. 1, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
New Zealand-based country musician Keith Urban is known for continuing to turn out successful albums, including “Fuse,” which featured tunes like “Little Bit of Everything” and “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. With an impressive discography, signature country-rock style and television roles or appearances on “The Voice” and “American Idol,” Keith Urban has quickly become an international star.

LeAnn Rimes and Erin Bode
Aug. 2, The Pageant
Country singer LeAnn Rimes tours once again showing off her incredible and highly trained vocals as well as her well-recognized stage presence. Rimes should perform from her latest album, 2013’s “Spitfire,” which sold more than 10,000 copies in its first week. Fans will hope to hear her sing some of her older work as well such as songs like “Written in the Stars” or “But I Do Love You.” Favorite local musician, the jazzy and talented Erin Bode performs as an opener for this concert.

OneRepublic
Aug. 2, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Successful pop-rock band OneRepublic has come far since the group’s early days as a Colorado-based band with a small MySpace following. Now, these talented pop stars have three full-length studio albums including 2013’s “Native.” Expect to hear popular hits, both new and a bit older, like “If I Lose Myself,” “Counting Stars” and “Apologize.”

REO Speedwagon and Chicago
Aug. 8, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Opened by American rock group Chicago, this summer concert features classic 1970s and ’80s rockers REO Speedwagon in a larger-than-life performance. Known for big hit songs like “Can’t Fight this Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You,” REO Speedwagon is sure to play their fans’ favorite music as well as some of the newer work. If you are a fan of classic rock music, this is a show that simply can’t be missed.

Miley Cyrus
Aug. 10, Scottrade Center
On her rescheduled Bangerz Tour, the widely loved and slightly provocative pop star Miley Cyrus brings her dancing, singing and stage acting to the St. Louis scene. With numerous songs topping Billboard Chart lists, Cyrus has plenty of music to draw from during her tour. Concert-goers should prepare to hear favorites like “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” as well as some slightly lesser-known tunes.

Earth, Wind and Fire
Aug. 11, Peabody Opera House
Known as the seventh top-selling American band of all time, Earth, Wind and Fire has been making music, breaking boundaries and experiences with numerous types of genres and sounds since the 1970s. The group is known for its signature style, which combines elements of jazz, R&B, funk, disco, gospel and pop. Earth, Wind and Fire continues to work with artists like LL Cool J and Charlie Wilson as well as perform music for audiences around the globe.

Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy
Aug. 12, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Don’t miss the “Under the Influence Tour” featuring famed rapper Wiz Khalifa as well as Young Jeezy as they take over the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and create quite the show. Made famous with songs like “Black and Yellow,” Khalifa should also perform a lot of his newer antics-filled work like “We Dem Boyz” and “Ziplocc.”

An Evening with Umphrey’s McGee
Aug. 15, The Fox
The increasingly popular, genre-breaking band Umphrey’s McGee is back on tour this summer and playing shows at venues across the country. Don’t miss this Fox Theatre performance, in which the band will certainly play from its most recent studio album, “Similar Skin.

Katy Perry
Aug. 17, Scottrade Center
Pop diva and global superstar Katy Perry heads to town on her Prismatic World Tour for a must-see show at Scottrade. Sure to be full of big colors, big lights and big action, fans can also hear some of Katy Perry’s best hits like “California Girls,” “Dark Horse” and “Hot and Cold.”

Nickel Creek
Aug. 18, The Pageant
Featuring Sarah Jarosz as an opening act, Nickel Creek’s concert showcases the best this folk-rock band has to offer—and that’s a lot. Think skillful and detailed mandolin chords, beautiful violin solos, plenty of harmonizing and so much more. With gorgeous lyrics as well as music, it’s not difficult to see why this group has come a long way since it first started performing in the early ’90s.

Jason Aldean
Aug. 22-23, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Hailing from Nashville and acclaimed for turning out hit song after hit song, country-rock star Jason Aldean makes his way to St. Louis for a show on his Burn it Down Tour. He’s known for popular songs like “Big Green Tractor,” “Take a Little Ride” and “Night Train,” and should play those as well as many more during this end-of-summer concert.

One Direction
Aug. 27, Edward Jones Dome
The simple fact that this show needs a venue as large as the Edward Jones Dome is a sure sign that this is one concert that will be off the charts. Featuring the widely loved Irish-English pop band One Direction, the Where We Are Tour is sure to satisfy both new fans and those who’ve been following the group since it first formed. Plan to hear hits like “Story of My Life” and “Live While We’re Young.”

Bob Weir and RatDog
Aug. 29, The Fox
A combination of Bob Weir, other former Grateful Dead members and others, this band has been touring and playing both old music and new for a handful of years now. Known for being one of the most traveled road musicians of all time, Weir works with this new group and dynamic just as well as he did in his days as a founding member of Grateful Dead. Buy tickets online.

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